Hi friends! I'm really excited to share my new DIY leggings with you today. These are number 4 on my list of Winter sewing plans. I've been wanting to sew leggings for a while now. I've seen so many great versions out there in the blogosphere. Plus, I spend many a weekend lounging in leggings. They're so comfy. It's an irresistible DIY. So irresistible in fact that upon finishing one pair I immediately made a second!
For a pattern, I drafted my own using a couple of tutorials: this one from Randomly Happy and this one from One Little Minute. Also see this one on Etsy. The tutorials were really easy to follow. I slowly made the pattern over a few days and then quickly sewed up the leggings in a few hours. I really like the method for attaching the elastic to the waistline. You stitch the elastic to the raw edge, fold it over a couple time and stitch again. It's really smooth and super easy.
For my first pair of leggings, I chose a purple and black striped sweater knit. For the second pair, I used a fairly thin (but not transparent! :) striped knit. Aren't the stripes fun? They kind of make me feel like I'm a little kid when I'm wearing them. Both fabrics are equally comfy but the different pairs do fit differently. So it goes, right? Leggings are really best made in a super stretchy medium weight knit.